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The Dead Live at Wachovia Arena on 2009-04-22

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The Dead Live at Wachovia Arena on 2009-04-22

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The Dead
April 22, 2009
Wachovia Arena
Wilkes-Barre, PA

Source: CMXY4V > Mini Me > 722 (24/96)
Location: OTS @ 10'
Transfer: Compact Flash > vegas > CDWave > FLAC

Recorded & uploaded by Robert Krall

Set One

01.Jam > Mr. Charlie
02.Stagger Lee
05.Me & My Uncle
06.Built to Last
07.Tennessee Jed
08.Dire Wolf

Set 2

01.Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion >
03.Weather Report Suite >
04.Iko-Iko >
05.Rhythm Devils >space
06.Caution >Jam >
07.So Many Roads >
08.Midnight Hour
09.Box of Rain

Collection TheDead
Band/Artist The Dead
Venue Wachovia Arena


Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 5, 2014
Subject: --
One of the better shows from the tour. Yeah, that opening jam into Charlie is ***very*** cool, and they keep that energy rolling throughout the first set, in spite of Bobby forgetting cues and words and whatnot. MAMU almost bites it, Candyman's lost from the beginning...

Second set is weird, challenging stuff - check that setlist...the Weather Report unfolds like the fragile foliage it's about, so lovely to hear it in this new era and incarnation...but the real hook of this show they saved for after the Drums madness - Caution clear through to the end of Midnight Hour - this is a good 45 minutes or so, and they really pull out all the tricks they got in the bag. Warren really is *the man*.

Phil's Box of Rain - check the humbled beauty of this...there is an awareness permeating the music the quad core play nowadays, whenever they've the mind to (it's been 5 years now...), and I think this encore is rather a microcosm of The Dead's trip and raison d'etre - to play the music for posterity, to not let it die with Jer, as he himself hoped.
Reviewer: cb18201 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 5, 2009
Subject: .
out of all the shows on this tour so far this is one of my favs. great song selection and performance. warren does some really creative pedal-steel guitar mimicing on Candyman. the volume swells really give it the effect. i highly reccomend giving 4/29/09 a listen too. probably one of the best shows ive ever been too. branford marsalis rips it up

by the way does anyone know why the drum section is sometimes labeled as "rhythm devils" and sometimes just as "drums" on i think its david lemieux whos posting all the info about each show so i figured there must be a reason for these two different labelings.
Reviewer: UKDEADHEADKUWAIT - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 30, 2009
A mediocre first set but smoking second set
This must be the best WRS for almost 30 years
followed by a beautiful So Many Roads

Due to the superlative WRS a historic gig, beautifully recorded and sounds excellent on my Denon with Wharfedale setup here in dungville.

If it wasnt for Krall and the tapers id be in the asylum by now. Please email me and keep me sane. Deadheads unite

Keep on truckin' down the golden road to unlimited devotion.

Reviewer: giantsjim - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 27, 2009
Subject: Weather Report Sweet
First Dead related show since 1992. From '83-92 saw the boys 60+ times with some JGB, Jerry and John Kahn, Bobby and the Midnites shows in there too. This was a lot of fun. I bought a single seat, 4th row center, online a month before the show and it was great to see them again up close. Last time I was this close was at Nassau 10th row for Branford's Eyes-Estimated- Dark Star.

I was completely sober for this show- 17+ years with the Wharf Rats. The sound was not great even at this kind spot. Keyboards were missing for almost all the first set except for a couple of times during Jed and one other tune. I cupped my ears several times during jams and guitar solos to get the full Warren effect.

Highlights for me were definitely were Mr. Charlie and, believe it not, Me & My Uncle. Warren put an excellent little solo to it; and it was not a throwaway tune which Direwolf felt like on this night. Overall, first set was a bit disjointed, likely due to strange song pairings, and memories of how it used to flow. Plus, Booby was a little distracting; fiddling around and forgetting lyrics. He was like the nutty professor missing stuff and knowing all the while he sould be on top of it.

Anyway, second set smoked!! Great, great opener and jam into Revolution. I saw a few of these back in the day and this was a good one. Weather Report was really nice. It reminded me of listening to all those '72-'73 tapes and wanting to be there...hearing this was very special. OK, wait. Where's the Let it Grow? After drums maybe- as they did an absolutely hot Aiko. Really fun dancing here.

I am not a drum guy but the guys were excellent. Space seemed short because I thought they had a thread throughout and there was some excellent jazz in there. I was totally impressed with Phil and that really cool bass from outer space. Caution, So Many Roads, first time for me, very sweet song, and then Midnight Hour. Cool.

Box was just OK for me. I wanted something rockin', but hey, you can't get it all. Thanks for the new memories and new music too. Stuff I did not ever think I would see; Mr. Charlie, Caution, WRS, and The Golden Road.

One more in Philly. Enjoy the Ride!!!
Reviewer: nauminetineti - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 26, 2009
Subject: This is so much fun..
Thanks for the great taping...the harmonies are pretty crisp...they're really sounding good and what a grateful audience!
Reviewer: Here & Now - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 25, 2009
Subject: Rhythm Devils
I really love the Drumz/Space This tour. Micky and Billy are having a blast. Some melodic themes are replayed on different nights. For instance: The rhythm devils melodic theme from 4/12/09 is the same one as they played at this show 4/22/09. The great thing about it, is each night they both lay there rhythmic finger prints on top of and all around each nights theme.
Very cool guys! I hope thers more tours to come.
Listening excitingly closely...
Reviewer: wtp024 - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 24, 2009
Subject: so many roads!!!
wtf!!! this song had tears in my eyes... but then what comes next... are you kidding me... Midnight Hour.... if these f'ers don't come down to florida... i don't know what i'll do! i was a critic on the first show (and jerry ain't here) but THE DEAD are rockin' my friends!
Reviewer: Dead To The Core - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 24, 2009
Subject: Mountians of the Moon
yeah it turns out they havent played mountians of the moon after 69 until now...but you know what i mean...they did pull out alot of stuff in the late eighties...anyhow do you have to get so upset??? geeze man smoke one and chill out

Reviewer: The Trout Whisperer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 24, 2009
Subject: WNY
I like this one... I missed the Buffalo show after catching Albany and Worcester and this one sounds good.

Sure seems like Warren is gaining an aweful lot of fans for those who haven't tracked him over the past many years. The guy is awesome.

I'd love to see him allowed to let loose like he did next to Derrick Trucks in the Allmans all these years. Rocking guitarist, and I think his vocals are kickass.

The "Into The Mystic" in Albany is pretty good evidence of that!

This Buffalo show sounds great- special thanks again to all of you who spend the hours getting these gems uploaded. Technology and music are a perfect marraige, no doubt!

Enjoy the fun when it comes to town. Nice to see the Boys still out there giving it a go.

Just wish it didn't break the bank!
Reviewer: DAPRODUCEGUY - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 24, 2009
Reviewer: Birchola - - April 24, 2009
Subject: moexploitation
i was at this show too asshole and i know what i heard.setlist was fine but the sound in this arena is horrible and a lot of people know it and thats y they skipped this event. the sound is so bad that the arena is actually looking into a change. dont tell me what or what dont know.i live in the area and i know all about the shit hole arena.i never listend to this copy jackass and its still not that great.i have much better copies of other shows from other arenas.

Reviewer: moexploitation - - April 23, 2009
Subject: To the buffoon who just reviewed this show Birchola
Dude I was at this show - no one cares about your stupid opinion if you were on the stage taking the place of Phil let alone never having been to the arena, gone to the show or HAVING LISTENED TO THE SHOW??? Go back to the Jonas Brothers I was there and it was really hot.
Reviewer: shakedown777 - favorite - April 24, 2009
Subject: ummm are yall for real???
iwas 5th row side view could pretty much reach out and touch the stage and i saw one of the worst shows in my life. the sound was terrible and bobby well nuf said. it was a sleeper and they were not tight sure it would sound great if you were spun out on herion but being sober please i miss you phil and phriends
Reviewer: blombekr - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: Bob, it is resting time
This would really be much, much better if he would just step back from the mic and let Warren take it away on the Jerry songs. Dire Wolf and Candyman are not meant to sound like this.

Other than that, thanks a lot for the recording, sound is top notch.
Reviewer: mikemar58 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: Great crowd = Great show!
I was in Charlottesville & missed the show due to work. After listening to that show here, I was NOT going to miss seeing these guys in a small venue like this. Not a sold out show, I grabbed a ticket below cost the day of the show and Beat it on Down the Line!!

Glad I did - the crowd & overall vibe were just tremendous. I was alone and met / hung out with most of my section. The Security was laid back & we were dancing in the aisles. The Arena was small and with great sightlines. I will say, I thought the acoustics were a bit muddy, but the guys were absolutely SMOKING HOT!!! Candy Man
was a slow burn, building to a molten orgasm - never one of my faves - I'll have to listen again and see if it comes through on the tape!

The whole place was so close & intimate, you could see the boys feeding off the energy. Phil, Mickey & Bill are as tight as I've ever heard them, & if Jeff & Warren aren't channeling Keith & Jerry, I don't know which way is up! Bobby really seems to be into it as well - they really sound like they're having FUN & I know the crowd was too. I'm rating it a 5 star show because I was there, but I'll have to give it a listen to see if it comes through on tape. If you can spare the dough - you gotta see one of these show
Reviewer: Shiva Ho - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: Rhythm Devils
Rhythm Devils was the Original Soundtrack to the movie Apocalypse Now which later became the drums segment of the 2nd sets & evolved into an actual band.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Rhythm Devils are a band led by founding Grateful Dead drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart. The Rhythm Devils had their origins as an informal but frequent fixture in the Grateful Dead concert ritual. Starting in the mid-to-late 1970s, and continuing until the Grateful Dead's last concert in 1995, most Grateful Dead concerts featured an extended segment during the 2nd set of improvisational drumming and percussion by Hart and Kreutzmann who took over the stage as a duo (with occasional guests). This segment was variously known to fans as "Rhythm Devils", "Drums", or conversationally as "the drums", and was usually followed in post-1979 concerts by another extended improvisation by the rest of the band, usually without the drummers, which known as "Space". The "Rhythm Devils" segment of a Grateful Dead concert almost always segued out of a full-band song, and the "Space" segment almost invariably would segue into the beginnings of another full-band song as the drummers resumed their thrones with the rest of the band. The Grateful Dead album Dead Set has a characteristic example of a 1980 "Rhythm Devils" segment which is titled as such, and which is followed by a "Space" segment.

Formally, the Rhythm Devils duo were recruited by director Francis Ford Coppola to record the soundtrack to the film Apocalypse Now. During 1979 and 1980, Hart and Kreutzmann, along with other percussionists, recorded sessions at the Grateful Dead's Marin County studios and Hart's barn in Novato. The process included improvising jungle sounds as they watched the film at the same time. An LP record was issued from the sessions, and the sounds were edited into the movie. In October 1990, Rykodisc re-released the original 1983 LP, The Apocalypse Now Sessions.

The current lineup of the Rhythm Devils is drummers Kreutzmann, Hart, Phish bassist Mike Gordon, and guitarist Steve Kimock, with percussionist Sikiru Adepoju and vocalist Jen Durkin (formerly of Deep Banana Blackout.) The band formed in the summer of 2006 and toured throughout the US shortly thereafter. Former Dead lyricist Robert Hunter provides lyrics for a number of original songs.
Reviewer: moexploitation - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: To the buffoon who just reviewed this show Birchola
Dude I was at this show - no one cares about your stupid opinion if you were on the stage taking the place of Phil let alone never having been to the arena, gone to the show or HAVING LISTENED TO THE SHOW??? Go back to the Jonas Brothers I was there and it was really hot.

Reviewer: Birchola - - April 23, 2009
Subject: 3
not a fan of this show,not a fan of this arena,not a fan of the sound in that place and that is what causes a low rating for this show.did not listen to it on here yet though,sound like every1 enjoying it.
Reviewer: mehead - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: yo "mato1949"
I think most of us understand what you're saying and agree with you. However, we are all entitled to our own opinion and if the '09 Dead give us some pretty lackluster shows (as I saw many in my day) then we will be honest and say so. It doesn't mean that we are whiners or complainers - we're just calling them like we see them! Get over it
Reviewer: mato1949 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Here is a great big immense THANK YOU to all those exceptionally kind folks that provide these excellent audience recordings to all of us out here on the vast wasteland of the InterWeb. Thank you for your time spent taping, recording, investing in quality gear, hardware, software, editing, re-mastering, converting to flac and shn and uploading files. I will be forever grateful for your service to the rest of us. Again, thank you.

For the complainers, comparers, and whiners;

The Grateful Dead were never a static band. They changed many times in many ways over their entire existence. They were a different band when Pigpen was the front man, they changed when they added Mickey and changed again when Tom played keys, They changed again with Keith and Donna, when Pigpen died, when Mickey left, when Mickey came back, when Keith and Donna left and Brent came on board, when Brent died and Bruce filled in while Vince tried to blend in, and again when Jerry passed. As a matter of fact I think they were a different band every night they played, sometimes a different band played the second set than the first set, or even, they would change from one band into another during the playing of a single song. ‘Everything Changes’ is something the band has always recognized, something Jerry strived for and had a passion for, always open to the next change, the next adventure. The Further Fests were different, The Other Ones had many changes, Phil and Friends changes, Rat Dog changes, Mickey’s bands change, Billy’s bands change, and The Dead have changed and I expect them to keep on changing, never a static band. The 2009 Dead are as different from 2003 Dead as 1988 Grateful Dead were different from 1971 Grateful Dead. It’s those changes, the differences, the recombining, the living breathing thing that these people we call the Dead are involved in and bring to the surface of reality each and every night they play that keeps me a fan of each and every reinvention, re-arrangement, reincarnation of those silly guys sitting on the front step of 710. “They may not be the best at what they do, but they are the only ones that do what they do.”

So in the immortal words of Staff Sergeant Hulka, in the movie “Stripes”…

“Lighten up Clarence.”
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: Best show I have been to in a while including Roseland
This was a really great show for so many different reasons: funky song selection, Mr Charlie opener? closed with dire wolf? WRS>Aiko? it was great, lighting was in synch, Warren smoked, Bobby played nice although he keeps fiddling with stuff at his feet which is really annoying and always when someone else is jamming. Honorable mention this night goes to Jeff though who played his heart out. Listen closely to the crowd everyone was really stoked.

While you are not going to hear these explosive peaks (except caution which was smoking)they played with REAL CONSISTENCY ALL NIGHT unlike Albany which to me sucked on every level.

This was a really fun show in a tiny arena with a really friendly upbeat crowd that wanted to be there.

You will want to listen to this again as soon as you finish it.

They had good local beer on tap at $6.25 a pint
Reviewer: johnknee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: Space - ing lyrics
A real nice recording that gives a great AUD feel. On first listen, jam>Mr. Charlie, Golden Road, and a short but sweet Built To Last are all highlights. I have no doubt these shows are fun to attend, but I can't handle listening to Weir futz up the vocals of so many of these songs (e.g. Candyman from this gig). To me it seems profoundly unprofessional. Yes, Jerry did it too, but Bob ain't Jerry. Sing the songs or let someone else do it. His guitar sounds great, but all the spacing of lyrics, coming in late, breathless vocals are a major buzz kill. Musically though these guys do seem to be coming together. Wish the sound guru would bump Chementi a little. Miss the keys.
Reviewer: DerbyDawg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: You're Killin' Me!!!
Thanks for the posts guys. Been following here since start of tour - and finally got to see the boys in Buffalo. Was an amazing night!!!

Played "Guess the SetList" all the way down with my buddies who I toured with 20 years ago. It is utterly amazing the tunes the boys keep pulling out - a real credit to how hard they obviously worked to prepare for the tour. So hard not to give up my "Day Job" (hey - there's one they haven't played yet!!) and just join the tour. Recordings are bittersweet - always wish I'd been there - but get awful close with the recordings - so thank you.

People bitchin', complainin' and criticizing on this tour are missing the point - won't catch me being anything other than grateful!!! I remember lots of shows back in the 80s when Jerry was sick - tons of mumbled lyrics, less than "perfect" songs, and even the odd train wreck. We were still just so grateful to be able to experience the magic.

Eternal gratitude to the band for another chance to experience the magic that is a Dead show!!!

Keep 'em coming tapers!!!!
Reviewer: thanxmikey - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: NIce work Rob & Reese!
Sorry to have missed you both at this one.
thanks for the recordings and so fast taboot.

Good show. Getting better.

How much of the run are you doing?

Best, Shaff
Reviewer: Kamalajams - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: Yowza!
man what a great night - Fantastic show!!!
can't go wrong with variety like this . . . they're really pulling out all the stops!
and to think we were going to skip this local show (thanx for the tix Rock107)
Thanks tapers/uploaders - you guys are the best. Priceless efforts getting these shows up so fast - I mean c'mon i'm still nursing my hangover and I've already relived last nights show through my headphones at work! oh the times.
the skies stayed dry, security loosened up, the lot was on, fun had by all in Wilkes Barre!
5stars for setlist, 5 for sound quality!, and i can't bring myself to give the overall show anything less than a big fat FIVE!
peace love and all of the above,
Spectrum May 2nd here we come!!!!!
jam on.
Reviewer: reesey - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: rob rules
dude. get some friggin sleep man. if you keep me up with that damn Una and vape for the next nine nights uploading these shows to all these jonesers, im gonna throw a pillow at your table of electronics.

just kidding...i'll be across the room ULing my source...who's vape is it?

five stars for dude-ness!
Reviewer: jay618 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: 5 star
This show is great, opens smoking and doesnt quit! Like the previous posts I have to compliment the tapers for quality and speed getting these posted. Glad to see Warren fitting in nicely more and more as tour continues. The tickets are expensive but get to the dead while you still can, I hope we get many more shows out of the core 4 + Warren.
Anyone know if the Buffalo show is going to be posted? that too was a good night!
Reviewer: kb_one - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: Mista, mista!
Jam > Mr. Charlie best of tour yet?!

I like where this is going. Now if only Bobby could get these lyrics down, haha.

Can't wait for Chicago...
Reviewer: Daniels, Jack - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: Way to go Rob!!
Great sounding tape and a nice job on the upload. You're getting everyone spoiled here. I know lot's of work goes into getting to the venue early, setting up, recording, and protecting the equipment, then staying up all night to track and post. Much appreciated bro!

nice Jam > Mr. Charlie, Stagger Lee ;)
Reviewer: DrewAlex - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: NICE PULL
you tapers sure are making this run a lot of fun. i cant believe how fast these shows are being posted.

the sound is once again superb for an aud. recording.

thanks again for all the time and effort put into these shows
Reviewer: RowJimmy1971 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: Getting Better and Better.....
I've listened to every show that's been posted from this tour and I believe the quality of the shows is improving nightly. I do agree with the previous post in that there is a direct correlation between the improvement I am seeing and Warren taking the initiative on stage. Maybe it's merely a matter of gaining familiarity with the other band members, and finding his comfort zone within each song, but whatever it is, it's working.

Thanks to the Band for allowing these shows to be posted and to the taper for setting a world record for fastest post. Unbelievable turnaround time on this one. By the way, for an aud recording this is very good sound quality. Great job!!! Keep 'em coming guys!!!
Reviewer: sambonk2 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: MMM
I have been pretty harsh on this tour,BUT i must say that this show is a good sign that warren must be reading our stuff here...He is FINALLY taking charge here and it shows...The song selection is nice as well..This looks and sounds like the show to get SO FAR....
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